A new TV series is being developed based on Stephen King‘s 1980 short story The Mist, which was adapted into a movie directed by Frank Darabont (The Shawshank Redemption, The Green Mile, The Walking Dead) in 2007.
The series is being developed by The Weinstein Company’s Dimension Television, with Danish writer Christian Torpe, who created and writes the series Rita and also wrote for shows Store drømme and Park Road, as well as the movie Stille hjerte.
Weinstein Company and Dimension Films co-chairman Bob Weinstein had this to say of the news:
“The terror and drama in Stephen King’s novella are so vast that we felt serialized television is the best place to explore them in greater depth. With this show, Christian has created a fascinating band of characters and a story with infinite scares.”
Obviously it would be a challenge to pull off a whole show based on a single book (and a short book at that) so in order to work as a TV series, the plan is to tell an original story based on the premise of King’s story. According to Deadline, the show will reportedly follow “a seemingly innocuous mist that seeps into a small town but contains limitless havoc. From psychological terrors to otherworldly creatures, the mist causes the town residents’ darkest demons to appear forcing them to battle the supernatural event and, more importantly, each other.”
Megan Spanjian, Matthew Signer, and Keith Levine are set to oversee the project for Dimension Television.
King himself is said to have given this new TV series project his blessing, as well.
Darabont’s ’07 movie adaptation of the story starred Thomas Jane, Marcia Gay Harden, Laurie Holden, Andre Braugher, Toby Jones, William Sadler, and Jeffrey DeMunn among others, and followed a group of people trapped in a supermarket together trying to survive the horrors that a strange and mysterious storm have brought to their town.